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School of Natural Sciences

The EXCEL! Experience

EXCEL! Program Requirments 

The EXCEL! Program serves students in the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) by offering structured academic coaching to students in academic difficulty: Academic Probation (AP), Subject to Academic Dismissal (SD) and Reinstated Students. Students who are invited into the program will have to complete a series of Intervention meetings with an academic coach throughout the semester. 


Academic Good Standing 

Students in School of Natural Sciences (SNS) in Good Academic Standing are not required to complete EXCEL! program requirments, however they may see a benefitting increase in academic performance and improve good student behaviors by meeting with an Academic Coach. Students who are in Good Standing may schedule a 1:1 Academic Coaching to discover new academic strategies that can be incorporated into an existing schedule to improve overall performance or build on the skills they already possess, such as: Time management, schedule management, study engagement, navigating learning opportunities and so forth. In our 1:1 Academic Coaching sessions, students may prepare a topic beforehand for guidance, or come to discuss areas that they would like to imrpove on. 

Schedule your 1:1 Academic Coaching session, today!

An undergraduate student is placed on Good Academic Standing (GAS) at the University if: 

  • The student's semester grade point average is above a 2.0, AND
  • The student's cumulative University of California grade point average is above a 2.0. 

Academic Probation (AP) Students 

Similar to students in GAS, students in School of Natural Sciences on Academic Probation are not required to participate in the intervention meetings, however it is highly recommended. Students who are on AP have a higher chance of being Subject to Dismissal (SD) if they do not think critically of thier academic situation and recieve support to manage obstacles impeding thier academic success. It is very easy for a student on AP to slip into SD standing, therefore it is highly encouraged for students in any type of academic difficulty to seek support and map out a strategic academic plan with an Academic Coach to improve one's academic situation.

Schedule your 1:1 Academic Coaching session, today!

An undergraduate student is placed on Academic Probation (AP) at the University if one of the following occurs: 

  • The student's semester grade point average is less than 2.0, or 
  • The student's cumulative University of California grade point average is less than 2.0. 

Subject to Academic Dismissal (SD) Students 

Students in School of Natural Sciences (SNS) who are Subject to Academic Dismissal (SD) are in critical academic standing. In order to elevate out of SD standing, students must take accountability of thier academic situation and focus on completing action items that will improve thier overall academic performance. It is nessecary to meet with an Academic Coach during this time in order to evaluate student needs and provide accomodations and support to imrpove overall student standing as well as increase student well-being. Students who do not elevate out of SD standing by the end of semester term will have to submit an SD Appeal, should they wish to be considered for the following academic term. If students do not elevate out of SD standing and do not submit an Appeal, they WILL NOT be invited back to continue the following academic term.

Students in School of Natural Sciences who are on Subject to Academic Dismissal must complete the following requirements: 

  • Complete THREE (3) SD intervention meeting with an EXCEL! Academic coach
  • SNS First Years* must also complete THREE SD meetings with a Bobcat Advising Center (BAC) Academic Advisor in alignment with EXCEL! requirements
  • Complete FOUR (4) required forms: Academic Reflection Form, Academic Support Agreement, Academic Support Follow-up and Final Academic Reflection.

Important reflective questions to ask yourself to prepare for your Academic Coaching session:

  • Why/How am I in this situation?
  • Was this situation in my control? Was this situation something I could've prevented?
  • Which campus support can I use as a resource to help my situation?
  • Am I willing or able to put in the work to change my current situation?

An undergraduate student is Subject to Academic Dismissal (SD) from the University if one of the following occurs: 

  • The student has been on Academic Probation for two or more semesters and the student's cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, or 
  • The student's semester grade point average is less than 1.50 and the student’s cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0. 

Reinstated Students